Below is my open letter to Kentucky Baptists regarding Campbellsville University (CU), a fully accredited, Baptist institution located in central Kentucky – and my alma mater. I do not send this letter lightly or without intimate knowledge of what’s taking place, some of which has not been fully reported or disclosed.
Having been deeply involved in numerous national, state, associational, and local levels of the Southern Baptist denomination, I’ve learned to be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove (mostly) when it comes to denominational interests. And I’ve learned to lend my allegiance with shrewdness and savvy. I’ve personally witnessed some of the most atrocious actions by Baptist and other “Christian” leaders. But thankfully, I’ve seen the other extreme of actions by Godly men of integrity, men of character who are not swayed from the cause of Christ. I choose to stand with men like this. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (I Corinthians 2:2)
Dear Kentucky Baptist Colleagues,
Campbellsville University has been a blessing to me in more ways than I can count. My daughter, son-in-law, brother, and I are alumni of this fine school. Many faculty and staff are long-time friends. There’s pride in walking the campus and seeing the tremendous growth. There’s a sense of fraternity in talking to students and knowing that they, too, are grateful for what CU means to them.
Although I’m serving in a Missouri Baptist church now, my roots in ministry are as a Kentucky Baptist, having been mentored by a fine pastor and tolerated as a young minister at a great Kentucky Baptist church, both closely connected with CU. It is with this sense of loyalty and gratefulness that I offer my full support to Campbellsville University in these days as she takes a stand as a Bible-believing, Baptist institution for the freedom to teach the full counsel of academia.
I recently told CU’s president, Dr. Michael Carter, that I take the side of the Man who stood near the walls of Jericho; the Man who, when Joshua asked are you for us or against us, responded that He was for neither – that He was for the Lord. I, too, stand with this Man, and I hope and pray that we, as fellow Baptists, stand together on the side of Jesus as we walk with President Carter, the Trustees, and the other fine leaders at CU who have earned all Baptists’ trust and allegiance.
May God bless our work as we move forward in the best interest of Campbellsville University, Baptist brothers and sisters everywhere, and most of all, the Lord’s work that is so ably embraced by those fully equipped by CU.
Don Hamlin, Associate Pastor/Education & Outreach
FBC Kearney, MO